The Eurovision 2019 season has been atypically quiet, with no acts revealed so far. But all that could be about to change, as Cyprus broadcaster CYBC has started to drop hints about their act. Let’s try to decipher their first clue.
Broadcaster CYBC has dropped a clue on their Facebook page. The clue involves Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull‘s 2011 global hit “On the Floor”. CYBC asks, “What does this amazing billboard hit by J.Lo gotta do with the 2019 ESC Cyprus entry?”
So ready for the first quiz? What does this amazing billboard hit by J.Lo gotta do with the 2019 ESC Cyprus entry?
They’re suggesting there’s a connection with Cyprus’ Eurovision act, but what is it? Has CYBC signed up Jennifer Lopez to represent the sunny Mediterranean island in Tel Aviv? Will Pitbull also show up with a guest rap? Are we going to party like it’s 2011?
This wouldn’t be the first time J.Lo has been rumoured in relation to a Eurovision event. Way back in 2009, the pop icon was on Azerbaijan’s wishlist to appear at the Eurovision Dance Contest. Sadly the contest was cancelled due to lack of interest.
But we should also keep in mind that another act has been strongly rumoured in relation to Cyprus’s entry for Eurovision 2019.
The Georgian-Greek singer Tamta Goduadze has been rumoured to be under consideration by CYBC. If Cyprus does select Tamta, they would be taking a similar path as 2018, when they selected Albanian-Greek popstress Eleni Fouriera.
Tamta previously competed in the 2007 Greek national final and has been under consideration to represent Greece in previous years. But perhaps — like Eleni Fouriera — where the Greece broadcaster wasn’t interested, Cyprus may grab the moment. But what’s the connection between Tamta and an old J.Lo video?
If the video doesn’t relate to J.Lo or Pitbull, what other clues can we glean from it? Could it offer hints about the creative team behind the song? Let’s take a look at the production credits for “On the Floor”.
The song was helmed by RedOne — the superstar producer best known for his early work with Lady Gaga on iconic songs such as “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance”. Pitbull also contributes to the songwriting. The rest of the team is made up of the Swedish-based songwriters Kinnda Ingrosso (the cousin-in-law of Benjamin!), AJ Junior, Teddy Sky and Bilal “The Chef”.
RedOne was behind Russia’s entry for Eurovision 2011, “Get You” by Alex Sparrow. The song placed 16th in the grand final, one of the worst results for the Eurovision power player. But could RedOne be looking to do better for Cyprus?
Our eyes are also drawn to one name in particular — Teddy Sky, who did off-stage backing vocals for Eleni Fouriera in Lisbon. He’s also in the pop trio VAX with “Fuego” composer Alex Papaconstantinou, and they have collaborated with Poland’s Margaret. Is it time for Teddy Sky to step out of the wings and go centre stage?
And does this mean that Alex P is involved again? “Fuego” was a huge hit and almost won Eurovision 2018. Perhaps CYBC is sticking with what worked for them in Lisbon.
Oh, Cyprus! One music video with so many possibilities! We feel like the pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together, but we can’t quite figure out how it all fits.
So what do you think? Will J.Lo represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2019? Is RedOne going to take some bad romance to Tel Aviv? Tell us your theories in the comments section below!